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Record Crowds line Maleny
Street for Anzac Day Parade

by Tara  Conway


Record crowds lined Maleny's Maple Street on Sunday to witness another colourful Anzac Day parade. The Anzac spirit among locals was clearly evident, with up to 300 people in attendance for the dawn service and close to one thousand for the main service.

Maleny RSL President, Frank Beattie said the day ran exceptionally well and was very pleased with the size of the crowd. "It was amazing. This year's crowd for the main service was in excess by a long way of last year's service," he said.

"People were lined up along the bridge, and all throughout Tesch Park - it was great," said Mr Beattie. "There is alot of effort and behind the scenes work that goes into the preperation of Anzac Day, however it's all for a very good reason and is well worth every bit. Next week we will undergo the start of preperation for next year's Anzac Day," he said.

Mr Beattie said he was very impressed by the wonderful support from local schools. "There were five schools representing the hinterland at the main service, which was more than usual. It's great to see so many children attending, more and more each year, which just goes to show we have a strong future for Anzac Day," he said.

Mr Beattie said with the conflict in Iraq and a lot of troops still involved in peacekeeping around the world, Anzac Day is a time to reflect on those who served our country at war, and who are still serving. "The highlight of the day was the Anzac parade which featured the fifth light horse crew, the F1-11 flyover and the Tigermoths," said Mr Beattie. Mr Beattie also said the Witta Cemetery Service was very sentimental and moving.

"There are sixty-three veterans from the first and second world wars burried at the Witta Cemetery, which is about 10 per cent of the people buried here - something which is very significant," he said.Another big highlight of the day was of course, an address by the son of a Victoria Cross and Military Medal holder, Barney Gordon.   Edward recited his father's war citation, which stated he was awarded the Victoria Cross for "conspicious gallantry in the face of hostile enemy fire, in that he assaulted a trench system, capturing two officers single handedly, 61 soldiers iand six machine guns, thus ensuring his battalion achieved its objective".

Gordon was also awarded a Military Medal for "conspicious gallantry in the face of hostile enemy machine gun fire, single handedly, capturing a machine gun and killing its occupants".

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.